"The Annex Quartet is spreading their sound as far as it will travel through explorations of relatable and relevant topics." - Plaid Magazine
"One of the things I loved most when I first heard them was their passionate interpretations." - David Harrington, Kronos Quartet
The Annex Quartet has established itself as one of the most exciting and unique musical groups in North America. - Lead Anonymous Donor
"The Roaring Twenties" project took its initial steps back in January of 2012. While discussing possible music and sounds, we began to look at the music of the 1920s and its aftermath- music written after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and during the second World War. This inspired us to commemorate our fifth year anniversary through a début album.
After countless hours of study and careful consideration we have come up with an album we feel will be beneficial to us and our audience as music lovers and enthusiasts. Featured composers of the 1920's include Jelly Roll Morton, Fred Fisher, Lew Pollack, Paul Specht, and Antonio Maria Romeu. Other composers featured on the album include Sydney Bechet, Ernesto Lecuona, Juan Carlos Cobian, and Kurt Weill to name a few. In addition, we welcome Hilario Duran and Andrew Downing as the music arrangers, Sarah Jane Pelzer as guest singer, and artist and performer Heather "Calliopie" Hermann who will design the art work for the album.
With your help and support we anticipate a release date of December 2012. Meeting this goal will guarantee delivery of rewards up to three months in advance from the original listing.
This is the minimum amount needed for us to carry on with this wonderful project. The money will help us fund the arrangements, artwork, and general contribution of our collaborators. These costs do not include fees for recording studio time and physical production of CD's. That is a completely seperate number that can cost up to $10,000. This is why we ask for your continued support in hopes to surpass the $8,000 mark, and help us get closer to funding our entire project. Falling under $8,000 mark will label the project as unsuccessful and will refund all monies collected during the period. We hope we can surpass this minimum amount needed and reach our actual costs of $18,000. Thank you for your continued support!
1. Hilario Duran (Arranger) is a Juno award winning Cuban pianist and recording artist that has become one of the worlds most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz.
Hilario's Website: http://www.hilarioduran.com/
2. Andrew Downing (Arranger) has become a highly regarded and respected arranger and instrumentalist in the Canadian music scene regularly appearing with artists like Patricia O'Callaghan, the Gryphon Trio, and Maza Meze.
Andrew's Website: http://www.andrewdowning.com/
3. Sarah Jane Pelzer (Singer) is an up and comer that joins our project by singing the theatrical works by Kurt Weill and the 1929 hit "Blue is the Night." Sarah appears as "Jane Doe" in the musical Ride the Cyclone.
Sarah's Work: http://soundcloud.com/summerworks/jane-doe
4. Heather "Calliopie" Hermann (Artist) has a vintage sense of Steampunk/Art Deco whimsy and fantasy that creates enchanting artwork, photographs and costume designs that defy time to convey a period and persona all their own. We welcome Heather as the designer for our album artwork!
Heather's Website: http://calliopie.wix.com/duchessofdeco
Jelly Roll Morton - The Crave
Fred Fisher - Blue is the Night
Curtis Mosby - In My Dreams (I'm jealous of you)
Fred Fisher and Felix Bernard - Dardanella
Antonio Maria Romeu - Tres Lindas Cubanas
Lew Pollack - That's a Plenty
Paul Specht - Static Strut
Ernesto Lecuona - Dame de tus Rosas, "Two Hearts that Pass in the Night"
Juan Carlos Cobian - Nostalgias
Sydney Bechet - Egyptian Fantasy
Kurt Weill - Complainte de la seine
Kurt Weill - Surabaya Johnny
For more information, sound recordings, and samples visit our website at http://www.AnnexQuartet.com
- (30 days)